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Am J Anat. 1978 May;152(1):99-109.

The ovoimplantation of Microcebus murinus Miller. (Primates, Lemoruoidea, Strepsirhini).


The process of nidation of Microcebus murinus may be subdivided into several stages (preadhesion, apposition, attachment and invasion), as is indicated for protracted phases of preimplantation. Not until the apposition stage does the inner cell mass orient itself orthomesometrially, while concurrently a nidation plaque develops in the abembryonal trophoblast that overlies and resorbs the coalescent glands. During the subsequent adhesion stage, the paraembryonal, bilaminar omphalochorion becomes attached to the uterine epithelium, with focal resorption of the latter. In addition, chorionic vesicles begin to develop. In the meantime, the embryonic disc has lost its trophoblastic cover as a preliminary to the formation of the pleuramnion. The formation of a nidation plaque, together with the subsequent central implantation of Microcebus, suggests a close relationship to Loris tardigradus, characterizing the mode of implantation of Strepsirhini. The nidation plaque and its invasive capacity, giving rise to a syndesmochorial placental nucleus, provide a placentological link to Galago demidovii.

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